Spike Trotman Launches First-Ever Independently Run Crowdfunding Campaign

(February 7, 2022) In 2009, Spike Trotman launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for Iron Circus Comics’ Poorcraft graphic novel. Over the course of the next twelve years, Spike Trotman and Iron Circus Comics have completely transformed the indie publishing landscape, crowdfunding nearly 2.5 million dollars over the course of more than 30 projects. Now Trotman is poised to shake up the publishing industry again with the launch of Iron Circus Comics’ first-ever completely independently run crowdfunding campaign, which will be hosted on the Iron Circus Comics’ website: https://ironcircus.com/product/poorcraft_cookbook/

“The last two years have been eye-opening for me as a publisher and, after a dozen years of corporate crowdfunding, it was time to bring to bring Iron Circus’s DIY attitude to all aspects of our crowdfunding campaigns,” said Trotman. “The bottom line is there’s never been a better time to launch the first ever independently run Iron Circus Comics’ campaign. I don’t have to worry about being surprised by an announcement or a corporate initiative and we can be directly in touch with backers. Best of all, there’s a nice symmetry here, as the first Kickstarter campaign was for the first ever Poorcraft graphic novel and now the first proper Iron Circus Comics is for The Poorcraft Cookbook.”

Now funding on the Iron Circus Comics’ website, The Poorcraft Cookbook is a 200+ page masterpiece of recipes, techniques, and buying tips from the cartoonist Nero Villagallos O’Reilly. The all new book features amazing appetizers, entertaining entrees, dazzling desserts, and creative cocktails, all of which are curated for those living frugally.

“The Poorcraft Cookbook was created for anybody living on a budget who wants to learn more about cooking, recipe-building, and kitchen management without breaking the bank. Whether you’re still paying off your student loans, adjusting your family budget, or just cutting back; there’s tips and tricks for every wallet,” said Nero Villagallos O’Reilly, the Seattle, WA-based, indigenous Latine cartoonist who created the latest Poorcraft volume and who has been published by The Nib, Real Change, Fortuna Media, and Filthy Figments. “The Poorcraft Cookbook has cheap and delicious recipes including sancocho, one pot spaghetti, bean burgers, empanadas and ginger snap cookies. Plus the book features a fully-concealed spiral binding that will look great on your bookshelf and, more importantly, lay flat while you cook!”

“Iron Circus Comics has sold tens of thousands of copies of Poorcraft: The Comic Book Guide to Practical Urban and Suburban Frugality since our first Kickstarter,” said Trotman. “Now, the oft-requested third volume rounds out the Poorcraft series, following Ryan Estrada’s essential guide to traveling with a frugal budget, Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here. It’s impossible for me to think of a better title to spotlight, as we move from Kickstarter to our own independent Iron Circus crowdfunding.”

A crowdfunding early adopter, Iron Circus Comics pioneered the now widely-adopted bonus model in which creators share in the stretch goal profits. This incentive model completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus was also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.

Here’s What Critics Are Saying About the Poorcraft Series:

“Poorcraft is full of good, practical advice and tips on how to improve your life AND save money at the same time.”—BOOK RIOT

“The message isn’t just for young folks: almost anyone can benefit from the lessons in the comic itself, whether you’re just starting out on your own or you’ve been out of college for twenty years.”—PEORIA JOURNAL STAR

“Full of great advice on sensible personal spending.”—COMICS WORTH READING

The Poorcraft Cookbook campaign is live now and will run until Thursday, March 3rd at 9 PM PT. For updates follow, Iron Circus Books on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To support the campaign, head to  https://ironcircus.com/product/poorcraft_cookbook.

About the cartoonist:

Nero Villagallos O’Reilly is an indigenous Latine cartoonist living in Seattle, WA. His work has been published by The Nib, Iron Circus Comics, Real Change, Fortuna Media, Filthy Figments, and more. The majority of his work can be found at itsnero.com.

About the series:

Whether you’re new to independent living, a recent college graduate or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. It’s time to cut your expenses! Or just make sure they never pile up.

About the publisher:

C. Spike Trotman was born in DC, raised in MD, and lives in IL. An artist and writer, she founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, which has since grown to become the region’s largest comics publisher. Her notable work includes the webcomic “Templar, Arizona,” the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies, and Poorcraft, a graphic novel guide to frugal living. A crowdfunding early adopter, she pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that’s since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.